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Concerns with the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

Vince Li beheaded a Greyhound bus passenger. Guy Turcotte killed his own two young children. Both men were deemed Not Criminally Responsible, and both have been granted conditional releases since committing these crimes.

 

They're the kinds of high-profile stories that raised concern for the Conservative government.
Earlier this week, a contentious bill was reintroduced in parliament -- the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. The goal? To keep violent, "high-risk" offenders in custody for longer. Under the bill, mental health review boards would review an offender's case every three years, instead of annually. And the victims involved would be notified when an offender is released -- and where they intend to live.

 

NDP MP Wayne Marston sat on the justice committee last spring when the bill was being studied. But his family also has a personal experience with the not-criminally-responsible issue. Marston joined us in studio.

 

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